Tuesday, July 21, 2015

See Crafter's Companion in Your News Feed

You may have noticed that you’re not seeing our updates and posts in your News Feed on Facebook as much. That is because Facebook has made more changes to how you see things in your News Feed. While they are making it easier for you to see what you want, from the pages and friends you want to see updates from, the unfortunate side effect of that decision is that lots of our crafty friends aren’t seeing our giveaways, freebies, tutorials, inspiration, showtimes and more without taking a bit of action!

You can choose the new 'See First' option to always see what we post on the Crafter's Companion US Facebook page very easily. Visit the page and hover your mouse cursor over the word ‘LIKED’ just below our cover picture. You will see a dropdown menu appear. From that menu, click on ‘See First’ and a check mark will appear to the left.

Here’s a guide to what you’re looking for:


Once you have finished this step, you will be see our posts at the top of your News Feed each time we post something new on our page. **Please note: if you are using the Facebook app on your mobile device or tablet, this option will be located under the 'Following' dropdown menu.

As a reminder, you can also choose to get notifications each time we post.

Visit the page and hover your mouse cursor of the word 'LIKED' just below our cover picture. You will see a dropdown menu appear. From that menu, click on 'Get Notifications' and a check mark will appear to the left.

Here's a guide to what you're looking for:


Once you have finished this step, you will be notified each time we post something new on our page. The notifications will appear as a small red icon at the top of your Facebook page. Make sure you're keeping up with Spectrum Noir, by following the same steps on their page as well!

Make sure you keep checking here on our blog, visit our Facebook pagefollow us on Twitter and on Pinterest for more sneak peeks, inspirations, and news!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tutorial: K Card


Lori made a fabulous card to share, based on this tutorial she found on our blog! If you've never made a K card before, they're a fun and unique way to showcase images, and can be created in no time using the right tools and supplies!

Crafter's Companion US supplies:



Other supplies:

Computer/printer • Wooden Veneer Hearts • Circle Punch • Twine • Glitter

Directions:

1. Cut 2 panels of cardstock to 8 ½” x 5 ½” each. Using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion, score, fold and assemble the panels to create the K-Card. Detailed instructions are provided in the instruction booklet , along with video tutorials on the Project DVD, which are included with The Ultimate Tool.

2. Print patterned designer paper from the Destinations Papercrafting CD-ROM. Trim panel 4” x 5 ¼” and adhere to front of card using Collall All Purpose Glue.

3. Diecut a white cardstock square using the 3” Square Die. Use this square to trace the cut-out shape for the half aperture protruding through the front face of the card. Directions and details to create the K-Card aperture are in The Ultimate instruction booklet and on the Project DVD.

4. Add glitter around the outer edges of the 3” square panel. Apply adhesive on the back right half and adhere flat to the half aperture on the front face of the card.

5. Print Moonbeam Meadow image from Issue 6 Spring Edition CD-ROM. Cut a piece of Kraft cardstock slightly larger than the printed image. Sponge edges with Distress Vintage Photo ink. Adhere image to inked panel. Attach with foam tape to white panel on front of card. If desired, add glitter to areas of the image with glue pen.

6. Trim 2 panels of the printed patterned paper to fit on inside of card. Adhere flat.


7. Sponge Vintage Photo ink on a thin strip of kraft cardstock. Adhere to inside of card.

8. Stamp circle frame on kraft cardstock with Vintage Photo Ink. Punch or trim to a circle. Sponge edges with ink. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock. Punch or trim to a circle. Add glitter around edges. Adhere to circle frame. Punch small hole at top and tie on twine. Attach to card with foam tape.

9. Sponge edges of wood veneer hearts with Vintage Photo ink. Adhere to card with Tacky Glue.


10. Wrap 2 pieces of twine around card and tie in bow.

Share a K card you make with us on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#crafterscompanion) or on Twitter (@CraftyCompanion)!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Winners & Welcomes!

We have some talented new designers coming to our Education Design Team starting this month & we know you will LOVE all of the wonderful things they will be sharing with you in the upcoming months.  Please help us welcome...



Well over 10 years ago, I ventured into the paper crafting industry with scrapbooking and card making. Eventually, I moved into rubber stamping and this led me into the world of coloring. Through this world of coloring, I found Crafter's Companion and all of their awesome products, and stamping and coloring soon became my passion (obsession!). I am so excited to be a part of the Crafter's Companion design team and am looking forward to creating projects to both inspire and help others learn new ways to use their products.


I live in northern Illinois and work as a pre-press operator for a global pre-press company. I share my world with my husband Ken, my three boys, ages 26, 24 and 17, a daughter-in-law, a daughter-in-law in waiting, and a beautiful 1 year old granddaughter. Oh... and I can’t forget our two spunky little Yorkies!




My name is Lori Williams and I’m a happy fun loving southern girl from Western North Carolina, USA.  I’m thrilled to be able to work with Crafters Companion as they have a little bit of everything, plus I get the joy of working with my sister Gini, who also serves on the team.  Gini and I live right next door to each other so we are constantly encouraging, critiquing and enabling each other.
  
My background is in Metals/Production Crafts but I’ve always worked with various forms of mediums, including pottery, metal, fabric and paper. I try to incorporate some of my metal into my current work whenever I can.   My style is one that is clean yet very detailed and I love to create handmade paper flowers. 

I have two adorable little boys, Cole and Will, that have stolen my heart, along with our Wheaten Terrier, Finley.  There is never a dull moment in our household, that’s for sure.   I enjoy reading, cooking, spending time with family and believe it or not…. pushing myself in Crossfit/Circuit Training.  My goal in life is to be better today than I was yesterday and to make sure I pay it forward.
 


I’m Dana and I live in Brighton, Michigan. I’m currently doing school full time and working in retail part time. I have been card making for about 11ish years or so and in 2011 (I think, hehe) I started my blog. Since then I have been lucky enough to be published, to be a part of a few different design teams and make some awesome friends along the way! I am mainly a card maker and my great crafty love is stamping, so I really love my stamps and inks! I love mixing stamping with different techniques and products, for example: stencils, dies, pattern paper, ink, paint and embellishments. A love of coloring has grown over the past couple years, too! I’m excited to be joining the Crafter’s Companion Design Team and I hope you will enjoy my creations!



Hi! My name is David Falcon, born in Mexico. I live in Sebastopol California, I've been working for Crafter's Companion for over five years now as Graphic Designer. I work with some of the Crafter's Companion staff to create and design projects posted on the website as well as creating some of the designs for the projects of the month. I also am an artist behind the scenes as well as a webmaster making sure the website at Crafter's Companion is up to date with new products and sales. I am excited to be a part of Crafter's Companion USA design team and am looking forward to creating fun and fresh projects.


We also have a few changes to our International Inspiration Design Team.  Vera Yates and Trena Brannon will be moving from our Education Team to this team!  We are excited to continue working with them!

And now for the winners of last week's blog hop to celebrate our shows on HSN! Thanks so much to everyone who joined us. We hope you got loads of inspiration and ideas from the gorgeous creations shared by Sara Davies and the team!

One winner was chosen at random from all of the participating blogs (below, the design team member's blog is first, then the winner and prize):

Crafters Companion US: Michelle PB (Big Score bundle) and Holly Woodcock (cardstock bundle)
Sara Davies: Jennifer Gardiner (Aqua marker bundle)
Lori Barnett: Donna Dacy (Sheena Douglass Orchids stamp set)
Laine Webb: Lea Brawn (Edge'ables Congratulations to You die)
Chrissie Tobas: Vinita Jain (Edge'ables Thank You So Much die)
Liz Walker: Carla from Utah (Edge'ables Just For you die)
Gini Cagle: Robin (Edge'ables Happy Birthday die)
Kendra Wietstock: Rhonda Van Ginkel (Edge'ables Congratulations to You die)
Roxanne O'Brien: Mary Holshouser (Sheena Douglass Tropical Nectar stamp set)
Giovana Smith: scrapapmondo (Create a Card Ornate Lattice die)
Jodi Clark: Lisa808 (Create a Card Butterfly die)
Rosemary Shaner-Bridges: Rebecca (Edge'ables Happy Birthday die)
Tenia Nelson: Eva Bussom (Edge'ables Happy Birthday die)
Vera Yates: Celeste Goff (Sheena Douglass Tropical Nectar stamp set)
Taylor Usry: Julie Woolston (Create a Card Butterfly die)

Congratulations! All winners must contact prizes@crafterscompanion.com to claim their prize. Please let us know your mailing address and which prize you won! 

Just a reminder, as per our original terms and conditions stated on the blog hop post, this contest is open to residents of the contiguous United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Gibralta, Greece, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain, or Sweden who are 18 years of age or older. All prizes will ship within thirty days of claim by prize winner. Exact prize may vary based on stock availability. No cash alternatives will be offered.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sara Davies is Coming Back to HSN!


We're so excited that Sara Davies is coming back to HSN tomorrow! The Crafter's Companion US and a few of the International design team members are joining Sara in a fun blog hop to share sneak peeks of what's on the shows!


In addition to our Die'sire Create a Card and Edge'ables dies, Sara will have our versatile Ultimate Tool, and Spectrum Noir markers and pencils.


And what would a blog hop be without prizes? We've got two great chances for you!


To create BIG papercrafting projects crafters will need a BIG scoring platform! With the innovative Crafter's Companion Big Score tool, you'll be able to create large shaped cards, boxes and much more! This fabulous bundle, for one lucky crafter, includes a Big Score board and Video Project CD-ROM.


And for another lucky crafter, we've put together a bundle of four different packs of our 11"x17" printed cardstock. Each package contains twenty sheets (ten different designs x two of each sheet) of high quality 300 gsm heavy cardstock.

Want more chances for prizes? Make sure to visit all the stops on our hop and leave comments along the way.... each of our design team members has a prize (and Sara has one too!)


Terms and conditions: Comments close Wednesday, July 1st at 11:59pm PST. A complete list of winners will be announced on the blog Monday, July 6th. All winners must contact prizes@crafterscompanion.com to claim their prize. Contest is open to residents of the contiguous United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Gibralta, Greece, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain, or Sweden who are 18 years of age or older. All prizes will ship within thirty days of claim by prize winner. Exact prize may vary based on stock availability. No cash alternatives will be offered.

Make sure you keep checking here on our blog, visit our Facebook pagefollow us on Twitter and on Pinterest for more sneak peeks, inspirations, and news!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tutorial: Shirt Box & Card


Lori created a fabulous gift, perfect not only for Father's Day but for the men in your life any time of year! See how she did it:

Supplies from Crafter's Companion US:



Directions:


Step 1: Position 11” edge of 11” x 17” Elegance cardstock against left side of The Big Score Board. Score at 1”, 4” and 9”.


Step 2: Turn the cardstock and place the other 11” edge against the left side of the scoring board. Score at 5”.


Step 3: Turn the cardstock and place the 17” edge against the left side of the scoring board. Score at 3”.


Step 4: Fold and crease all score lines with side of scoring tool.


Step 5: Cut and trim on score lines, as shown. Save the 3” x 1” piece to use on notecard. TIP: Snipping off a small angled bit on the smaller flaps helps the box fold together better.


Step 6: Apply glue (or strong adhesive tape) to flaps as shown. Assemble the side first, then to bottom flaps.

TIP: You don’t need to apply glue to the flaps all at the same time. Apply glue to the side strip first and assemble. Then apply the glue to bottom flaps as you are assembling the box bottom. It’s really just personal preference.


Step 7: Here is the assembled box.


Step 8: Cut a 5 1/8” x 7 1/8” white cardstock panel for the lid. Score at 1” on all four sides. Fold and crease all score lines with side of scoring tool.

TIP: Snipping off a small angled bit on the small corner flaps helps the lid fold together better.


Step 9: Apply glue (or strong adhesive tape) to the small corner flaps and assemble.


Step 10: To make a shirt collar, cut 5” x 1 1/4" white cardstock strip. Lightly mark with a pencil, as show in pic, at 1” from each edge on one side and 1 1/2” from each edge on the other side.


Step 11: Score, as shown in pic, to create angled folds. Erase pencil marks.


Step 12: Fold and crease the score lines to form the collar.


Step 13: To make a tie, cut 8” x 1 3/4" black cardstock strip. Trim to desired shape. Score along all the sides to create an embossed finished edge.

Cut a small strip of black cardstock to fold over the top of the tie - scoring along the sides to finish the edges.


Step 14: Adhere the small black strip over the top of the tie. Trim if needed.


Step 15: Adhere tie to the inside of white collar piece and attach to side of box lid with foam adhesive.

NOTE: Do not adhere the tie to the box, only the lid.


Step 16: To make notecard:

1. Create a 3” x 3” white notecard. (6” x 3” white cardstock scored in half)
2. Cut a 3” x 1 1/4" strip of black cardstock. Score along the 3” sides to create an embossed finished edge. Adhere to notecard.
3. Adhere 3” x 1” strip of Elegance cardstock on top of black strip. This is the saved cut-away piece from making the box.
4. Die-cut “Dad” from black cardstock. Adhere to notecard as shown in pic.

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